On Thursday, Netflix released the second volume of The Duke and Duchess of SussexDocumentary series Harry and Megan. In the final three episodes, the couple reflect on how they were treated by the press and the royal family, and their final moments as senior royals.
In the fourth episode of the series, Harry and Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother, recall how they felt after the Duchess revealed she was struggling with thoughts of suicide.
“I remember her telling me she wanted to kill herself. It really broke my heart,” Ragland said, adding that she blamed the media’s constant criticism of Meghan. “I knew, well, I know it sucks, to be constantly picked on by these vultures, just Snatching her soul who would actually think of not wanting to be here. This is not easy for a mother to hear. And I can’t protect her. H can’t protect her.”
Then Harry spoke about his response to his wife Psychological health She struggles, revealing that he was “devastated” to learn how Megan was feeling.
Looking back at the time period and how he handled the revelation, Harry said he “hated” himself because he believed he “treat it as ‘institutional Harry’ as opposed to ‘husband Harry'”.
“I’m devastated,” said Harry. “I knew she was struggling. We were struggling, but I never thought it would get to that point. And the fact that she got to that point, I felt angry and ashamed. I didn’t handle it very well.” “. And what dominated my feelings was my royal role.”
The duke said his response was due to worrying all his life about “what people will think”.
“I’ve been trained to worry more about what people will think if we don’t go to this event, we’re going to be late,” he said. “Looking back now, I hate myself for it. What she needed from me was so much more than I was ever able to give.”
Harry has also criticized his family’s response to Meghan’s struggles, claiming they “know how bad it is”, yet questioned why she couldn’t “just deal with it”.
“They thought why can’t she handle it like she’s like, ‘Well, you know, everyone has dealt with it. Why can’t you handle it?’ But that was different. It was really different.”
Harry then claimed that even if Meghan’s situation was no different, the response was telling of the need for a change in how the royal family handles such situations.
’ But actually if you stripped all of that away and said, ‘Well, it was exactly the same. “So do we still think she had to suck it up like other family members? Or does one think maybe it’s time we stopped?” he added.
Meghan also denounced the palace’s reaction, adding: “I wanted to go somewhere to help, but I wasn’t allowed to. They were concerned about how that would look to the Foundation.”
The Duchess publicly revealed that she suffered suicidal thoughts while pregnant with son Archie during Prince Harry’s sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021.
At the time, she said she was “ashamed to say it” and “ashamed” to tell her husband.
“But I knew if I didn’t say it, I would. I just don’t want to be alive anymore,” she said.
This isn’t the first time this has happened to Harry He regretted on the way he handled the situation. He revealed previously, while speaking with Winfrey on his Apple TV+ documentary series I can’t see itthat he feels “somewhat ashamed” of the way he was reacting to his wife’s suicidal thoughts.
“Because of the system we were in and the responsibilities and duties we had, we had a quick embrace,” he recalls the night Megan told him about her suicidal thoughts. “Then we had to change and hop in a convoy with a police escort and drive to the Royal Albert Hall for a charity event and then walk out to a wall of cameras and pretend like everything was fine.”
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